October 30, 2008

The Rolling Razor - Is This The Future Of Shaving?

rollingrazor.jpgYou might think there are a wide variety of razors out there, but in reality most are just variations on the same theme - knife on a stick. Earlier this year a new type of razor was introduced to the market which eschews the standard. Meet the Rolling Razor - two knives on a ring.

From the press release:

While the basic stick-style razor still has the same natural limitations from its inception over a century ago, the Rolling Razor has been engineered with an innovative ring shaped handle that gives the user superior control & maneuverability. With its unique double-headed, triple convex cartridges, the Rolling Razor is designed to stay in close contact with the skin whether the user is shaving a flat or a curved area.

That's right - "double-headed, triple convex cartridges" means six blades on the razor. Take that five-bladed Fusion!

There's a cool video demo on the Rolling Razor website which shows how it works. You'll also find more styles and colors than the new line of iPod Nanos. "Desert Camouflage", "Reef Girl", and "Sahara Adventure" are just a few of the models available on their website.

Now of course the Rolling Razor needs its own special razor blades, but I what find very cool is that the blades are rated on a gentle verses close shave scale. Meaning, if you have get ingrown hairs and razor bumps, get the Bump Eliminator cartridges. You won't get a super-close shave, but you also won't break out in razor bumps and irritation. If you have sensitive skin, get the Sensitive Skin cartridges. And if you've a face for punishment, get the Regular cartridges and shave as close as you want. How refreshing. After four years of writing about shaving I still have no idea what the difference is between Gillette Fusion razor blades and Gillette Fusion Power razor blades.

The Rolling Razor is $14.95, and for the moment you get a free "Designer Holding Base" when you order now. Blades start at $7.95 for a pack of 4. Different models and razors for men and women. Click on over and check it out.

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October 27, 2008

Product Review: Every Man Jack Shaving Cream

everymanjack.jpgI was at our local Target today, checking our their mega expansion into the building next door, and I found some interesting shaving cream - Every Man Jack. Actually there's a whole line of Every Man Jack men's grooming products from shaving cream to body wash to face lotion. And they're all-natural.

Came home. Did a little surfing. Found this article which had a bunch of positive feedback in the comments. Found this review which hated it. Found this article about Ritch Viola, the creator of Every Man Jack, which talks about the brand's creation, ingredients, and marketing.

The final piece of the puzzle came from industrial designer Wai-Loong Lim of Y Studios. Viola wanted a custom design for some of his packaging. Lim designed the containers for the face wash, body wash and hair care products. The design was inspired by the overall identity of the line, and an unexpected source: an old Mexican tequila bottle. It was perfect.

If you look at the products in the picture, you'll see they actually have a block of wood on the top. Oh, old mexican tequila bottle! You're always there to inspire me when I need you most.

Every Man Jack Beginner's Luck Kit is $24.99. Each individual product is $4.99 or less. If you try them out, let us know what you think.

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October 24, 2008

Presidential Shaving Cream

In honor of the upcoming election, we present this Presidential Shaving Cream parody from jokester Benny Bell. I can think of a few things which are full of shaving cream...
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October 23, 2008

Panasonic ES8043SC Pro-Curve Pivot Action Linear Wet/Dry Shaver

panasonices8043sc.jpgWhat's better than one Panasonic ES8043SC Pro-Curve Pivot Action Linear Wet/Dry Shaver for 48% off the $99.99 list? How about two Panasonic ES8043SC Pro-Curve Pivot Action Linear Wet/Dry Shavers for 63% off the $99.99 list price! That's right. For a limited time use promo code "PANAOCT8" and save big time when you double down.

Now why, you may be asking, does one person need two electric razors? I can think of several reasons.

  1. The two sides of your face are acting childish and won't share.
  2. You have an annoying roommate who's constantly in your stuff.
  3. You're attempting to stimulate the economy with the excessive spending we've all become used to.

Whatever the reason, I don't care. Keep one for yourself and sell one on craigslist.

The Panasonic Pivot Action and Pro Curve wet/dry shaver has the fastest linear motor (13,000 rpm's) and the sharpest blades in the industry (30 degree). The pivoting head not only rotates side to side but each head floats independently up and down to give you the closest shave in the industry.

Since when did they start measuring sharpness in degrees?

Via dealnews.

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October 21, 2008

The Braun Pulsonic - One Year Later

BraunRefill3.jpgIt was just about one year ago that we were shaving with the new Braun Pulsonic for the first time, and I thought I'd mention something important that I've learned. You can't skimp.

Let me explain - the Pulsonic is a self-cleaning electric razor. It's got a little hygienic-o-meter which let's you know when it's time for a cleaning. And it's got these nifty little cartridges that you plug into the base which contain the cleaning solution. Click a button, whir-whir-whir, your razor is clean. I wish I could do the same for the rest of my bathroom.

Here's the thing. I'm cheap. I like to squeeze an extra shave out of a razor. And I like to get an extra cleaning out of the Pulsonic. There's just one thing standing between me and my frugality. Physics. Or chemistry. It's one of those two sciences that deals with molecules. And evaporation. See the cleaning cartridges are filled with a lot of alcohol, and that stuff tends to evaporate pretty quickly. So if you think you can hold out and get another shave with your hygienic-o-meter flashing danger, remember that you're also fighting the cruel mistress that is evaporation. My advice - clean early, clean often.

This is not a criticism of the Pulsonic or its cleaning system. It's more a criticism of my stinginess. I love the Pulsonic. It's my favorite electric razor, and I've recommended it more than any other. Just use the cleaning solution cartridges, or they're going to disappear. (Unless you're a chemist, in which case see this DIY cleaning solution alternative.)

Braun Syncro Shaver System Clean & Renew Refills are $16.99 for a 3-pack.

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October 20, 2008

$1.95 Priority Shipping at Buzzskin

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You know what sucks about eBay? The hidden shipping costs. It's like "Hooray! I won! And I got a great price. Wait... You want me to pay how much in shipping?"

This is how I feel when I don't have to pay a lot for shipping. I feel like an athletic man able to leap from rock to rock over a peaceful ocean far below. Thanks Buzzskin.

BuzzSkin.com customers enjoy fast and reliable $1.95 USPS Priority Shipping on all orders under $75.00 for a limited time, and free Shipping on all orders over $75.00!

How limited a time? Not sure. So get a move on it! Order up some Urth, Billy, Anthony, or Jack, and get that stuff delivered asap.

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October 16, 2008

Cut Your Own Hair With The Remington Short Cut Clipper

RemingtonShortCutClipper.jpgTired of paying SuperCuts for a haircut you're pretty sure you could do yourself? Well you're in luck. Remington has introduced the Remington Short Cut Clipper, a do-it-yourself home buzz buster for the cost conscience crew-cutter. That's right, it's time to roll up your sleeves, spread out a towel, and get down to business.

But don't take my word for it. Check out RemingtonShortCut.com and watch a hands on demonstration. And if you're so inclined, submit your own Short Cut short and win... er... not sure you win anything. But you can say you won something.

So if you like to keep your hair short - I mean really short - the Short Cut may be for you. The Remington Short Cut Clipper is $28.49.

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October 14, 2008

Review of Molton Brown Supershave Olibanum Shave Cream

moltonbrownshavecream.jpgLook! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's SuperShave!

By night, mild mannered Molton Brown is an average London cabbie. But by morning he's the facial hair avenger, ready to rid men's faces of the evil whiskers left by the Fearsome Facial Foe. Fueled by the power of Olibanum, a mysterious substance from his home planet of Olibania, Molton "Supershave" Brown is the world's last hope in the daily morning fight against stubble.

What is Olibanum? Wikipedia time! Oh, it's Frankincense! What is Frankincense? Wikipedia time!

Frankincense or olibanum [...] is an aromatic resin obtained from trees of the genus Boswellia. [...] Olibanum essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of the dry resin.

And how is it used?

This indecently rich moisturizing cream is infused with Indian frankincense and pure Vitamin E to give you the smoothest, calmest, closest experience ever. It softens the beard, gives great razor glide, protects and cares for the skin like no other

And how well does it work?

Pretty well

I found this shaving cream solidly good. Molton Brown Supershave Olibanum Shave Cream is a loose white cream, about the consistency of yogurt. It goes on easily with fingers (not meant for a brush) and did a great job of protecting my face from the harshness that is a razor. The shave is smooth and close, and the scent is manly but not overwhelming. I found myself using a fair amount of this cream during each shave, so expect to need a refill a little sooner than other shaving creams. That said I got like really nice shaves, and I think you will too.

Molton Brown Supershave Olibanum Shave Cream is $29 for a 4.2 Ounce/125 ml tube.

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October 10, 2008

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Axl Rose

axl-rose.jpgI kind of didn't want to tell you who this picture was and make you guess, but that's hard to do when you need a title for your blog post. So, ladies and gentlemen, the man on the right is Axl Rose, lead singer of Guns 'N Roses, who last released a studio album 17 years ago.

Wow. I'm old. And so is Axl. He looks like he belongs on The Surreal Life next to Vanilla Ice.

But G'NR fans need wait only a few weeks longer. The long anticipated album Chinese Democracy will supposedly be released November 23rd, barring Mr. Perfectionist's interference.

Here's my recommendation for Mr. Rose. Hire a PR team which includes a stylist and shave off that god-awful goatee. Hire a trainer to get you back into shape when you looked so heroin chic. And did I mention shave? Cause seriously Sweet Child o' Mine, you look more Welcome to the Jungle than Paradise City.

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October 9, 2008

Baxter Finley - A New Blog From Baxter of California

bwbaxter_f_4.jpgBlogging. It's all the rage. All the kids are doing it. Or so I'm told. I should ask my one year old son.

Anyway, we'd like to welcome a new shaving blog to the the blogging community - Baxter Finley from Baxter of California. Could Baxter of Finley be the same Baxter as Baxter of California? Why yes!

A visionary, Baxter Finley founded his men's grooming line in 1965 - perhaps the very first skincare line created exclusively for men. This year we said goodbye to Baxter Finley, but remember him for his forward thinking, dedication to his profession, and his kind, gentle disposition.

Mr. Finley may be gone, but Baxter lives on. So add Baxter Finley to your daily blog roll and get the latest on shaving, style, and substance.

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October 6, 2008

Review of The Nick Stick From Pacific Shaving Company

Thumbnail image for NickStick_crop.jpgSon of a b-&@%!!!

Nothing like taking a slice out of your face at the worst possible time. Still reaching for toilet paper? Well now there's something better. It's the Nick Stick from Pacific Shaving Company. We got a couple of these little guys in at the end of the summer, and unfortunately we've had several opportunities to use them. (You know who I'm talking about, "shaving cream".)

Here are four reasons why you should have one:

  1. It works. Couple of nicks from a dull razor or cheap shaving cream? No problem. Roll the head of the Nick Stick over the cut and stop the bleeding. Does it hurt? Yeah, it kind of does. But you're man enough to handle it.
  2. It's cheap. The Nick Stick is only $5.95. That's a no-brainer when it comes to shoring up a bleeder.
  3. It's neat. I've got an alum block, and I use it every so often. But you've got to rinse it off and dry it somewhere. I've got better things to do. I'd rather screw the cap onto the Nick Stick and forget about it.
  4. It's tiny. Your travel bag needs one of these. The most frequent times for nicks are when you don't have homefield advantage. A hotel bathroom with poor lighting is ripe for disaster. Plus, you're usually in a hurry. The Nick Stick measures about 2 inches and has negligible weight. Don't leave home without one.

Chock full of alum, vitamin A, E, and aloe, Nick Stick from Pacific Shaving Company is the new way to nip a nick in the bud.

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October 3, 2008

Celebrity Facial Hair Friday - Wolf Blitzer

blitzer.wolf.jpgWe're weeks away from the presidential election, right smack in the middle of prime-time debate season, and who are you going to trust to bring you to the most comprehensive news reporting and analysis? What, you're going to listen to that beady-eyed Jim Lehrer on PBS? What's he hiding behind those baby blacks? Oh, you're thinking of going "Fair and Balanced", my friends? Well, good luck with that. Nope, it's time to turn to the most tricked out, high-tech war room on the 24/7 news-gathering planet. I'm talking of course about Wolf Blitzer and The Situation Room.

Who else is man enough to stand in front of towering mouth-watering flat-screen TVs? Who else fits up to eight talking heads in a single shot. And who else brings you up-to-the-minute average-joe opinions with their dial-a-reaction handhelds placed in a demographically diverse group of debate watchers. Was that clockwise or counter-clockwise for agree?

Do you trust him? Of course you do. The man is a wolf. And he's got the facial hair to prove it. A full circle of distinguishing silver surrounds that conviction. I will listen to whatever you have to say. Just follow it up with a sweeping graphic and a distracting ticker.

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October 2, 2008

Philips Norelco and the BodyGroom present The Manalogues

manalogues.jpgThose marketing geniuses over at Philips Norelco have updated ShaveEverywhere.com with the latest in Web 2.0 viral video. It's The Manalogues - a series of performances by comedian Bryan Callen illustrating the hard life of the hairy, and the salvation provided by the BodyGroom. And it's pure shaving genius.

Bryan Callen portrays five different hirsute gentlemen: Rick V, a bodybuilder from Brooklyn; Henri P, a circus freak from France; Sergi C, a male model from Moscow; Sam G, a regular bloke from England, and Douglas B, an awkward poetry slammer from Seattle. This guy Bryan is going places. I expect to see him on a sitcom next fall. Make sure you watch each of his sketches. Poetry slam Douglas is my favorite. Also, write in with your own hairy-man stories, and if they're good enough, Bryan will perform them.

The Philips Norelco BG2020 BodyGroom is $39.99. And introducing the new Philips Norelco BG2030 Professional BodyGroom at $49.99. What's the difference? A few extra trimmer attachments. And some improvements related to shaving "the nest". Worth the extra $10? Haven't tried the new one, but to me $10 buys me a lot of crotch comfort, even if it's only peace of mind.

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October 1, 2008

September 2008 Wrap Up for Shaving Stuff

Hard to believe it's already October. Got a cute monkey costume for my boy for Halloween. Not sure what I'm dressing up as yet, but maybe I'll go as a giant banana. Anyway, before we get too far into this month, let's review September.

Reviews

Last month we shaved with products from eShave, and were somewhat underwhelmed. That said, I gave my tub of eShave shaving cream to my dad and he thought it was great. So what do I know. You can read my review of eShave White Tea After Shave Cream with Shea Butter here, and maybe I'll get my dad to write in the counter opinion. My review of eShave's White Tea Shave Cream is also worth considering if you're thinking about trying these products.

The Mundane And The Bizarre

We started out with an innocuous article from Esquire magazine on Getting The Proper Beard Length. From there we went to an arguably improper beard length by visiting the South Central Alaska Beard and Moustache Club. South Central! Represent! We then imagined our favorite celebrities, men and women, totally bald with a visit to BalderaZZi - Imagined Head-Shaving Fun With Photoshop. And we finished up with the self-help book Shaving The Inside Of Your Skull, which legally we're obligated to disclose that we do not endorse in the literal sense.

Shameless Self-Promotion

Taking a page out of Car Talk, here was a quick post to announce that ShavingStuff is now available on your Kindle. All you Kindle owners out there best be reading this blog on the comfort of your new-fangled electronic doohicky. Technology moves so fast.

Shameless Gillette Promotion

Your chance to be famous. There's still time to Sculpt Yourself Into Gillette History. You've got until October 6th to get your design in for the pole position at the new Gillette's World Shaving Headquarters.

Next Month

Got a bunch of products going in the Shaving Stuff test labs these days. Look for our reviews of Molton Brown shaving creams, The Nick Stick From Pacific Shaving, and the Schick Quattro Titanium.
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